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History of the Gold Cup

First run in 1921, the Gold Cup is South Africa’s most prestigious staying race, and at 3 200m, is indeed Africa’s premier marathon for long-distance runners. The race starts at the 400m mark in the short Greyville straight, which sees some earnest jockeying for position as the runners pass the winning post for the first time before turning sharply right and heading towards the Drill Hall. Normally many runners are under pressure before the turn into the home straight and it takes a special type of horse and jockey to win the event.

One of the greatest Gold Cup riders of all time was Charlie Barends, who won the event seven times. He partnered favourite Chez Monty, who in 1950 became the first horse to win the race two years running. It was the incredible Felix Coetzee, however, who broke Barends’ long standing record in 2012 when he won his eighth Gold Cup on In Writing.

Blythedale R5 million home investment competition

ELan Property Group in conjunction with Blythedale Coastal Resort gave away a home investment of a lifetime, valued at R5 million at the catalytic Blythedale development. Route to entry was through the Independent newspapers, at the House and Garden show, at a Sharks game at Kings Park stadium, online through Blythedale’s website and through manual entries on the day of the eLan Gold Cup. The competition ran from June to 31 July 2016.

15 lucky finalists were invited to the eLan Gold Cup on 31 July and the last (16th) finalist was selected at 3pm on the day.


The 16 finalists selected:

#1 House & Garden  Delise VenterNewlands East, Durban
#2 House & Garden  Alison BainBazley, South Coast
#3 House & Garden  Anzelle MaraisQueensburgh, Durban
#4 Daily News  Dee LippertGeorge
#5 House & Garden  Dolly NaidooUmkomaas
#6 House & Garden  Dan NaickerTongaat
#7 House & Garden  Chantel NelsonBluff, Durban
#8 Sunday Tribune  Kumarasamy Shunmugam Malvern, Durban
#9 Independent  Fortunate Mbatha Phoenix, Durban
#10 Cape Argus  Carol Kathrine van Harte Sedgefield, Western Cape
#11 The Star – JHB  Yumna Mohamed Roodepoort, JHB
#12 Sharks  Michaela Mulvey Morningside, Durban
#13 Independent Subscriber  David Napier Durban
#14 Isolezwe  Thandeka Mbambo Durban
#15 BCR Online form  Deon Gouws Pretoria
#16 eLan Gold Cup  Michael Fisher Durban

How the winner was selected on the day

Each finalist was invited in alphabetical order to the stage to draw their envelope from the barrel draw.  The finalist opened the envelope and announced which number they had drawn. This was repeated for all 16 finalists.

The finalist that drew Number 1 – selected their preferred gold box (with mystery horse name) – the finalist then opened their box and called out their horse’s name.

Immediately following this procedure, the finalists headed down to the Gold Horse shoe area to watch the race.

The 16 finalists then lined up at the horse shoe of the winner’s circle with their selected horses printed on laminated cards at 4.20pm, the roar of the public whose eyes were fixed on the main race were pleased to hear the favourite ENAAD (Aus) number 13 won the race. The siblings were ecstatic as Yumna’s selected horse won the 7th (main) race on the day.

Congratulations to the winner

Huge congratulations to YUMNA MOHAMED, winner of the Blythedale Coastal Resort R5 million home investment competition. Yumna who was selected as 1 of 16 finalists, entered the Blythedale Coastal Resort competition through an SMS entry with the unique code found in the Star newspaper.

Despite the change of date from Saturday 30th of July to Sunday 31st, due to the heavy rainfall in Durban over last week, Yumna made her way to the event with her brother, Yusuf Mohamed. Yumna and Yusuf, flew in from Roodepoort, Johannesburg on Sunday morning to attend the prestigious eLan Gold Cup at Greyville Racecourse.

The main prize is valued at R5 million which consists of a fully furnished 268 sqm home on 1,330 sqm of land which is the ultimate home investment. In addition to the 3km of untouched coastline Blythedale Coastal Resort faces, South Africa’s newest most exciting beach resort development also boasts 2,9km river and lagoon, 320-hectare indigenous forest, 18-hole golf course and private school.